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Book Review – “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City”

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Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad.

This review of “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City” is only 4 out of a possible 5 stars. But the review is so comprehensive (he or she is obviously a professional reviewer with 298 book reviews on Amazon.com), I feel this review bears reading.

*****

4.0 out of 5 stars The Rotten Core of the Big Apple, June 26, 2014
By Silver Screen Videos
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This review is from: Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City (Kindle Edition)

“Joe Bruno probably knows as much as anyone alive about the various mobsters, killers, crooked politicians, and other assorted lowlifes who have inhabited the city of New York since the founding of this country, and he has compiled literally dozens of stories about these men (and a few women, as well) in a sometimes frustrating but mostly fascinating collection of meticulously researched anecdotes, “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps.”

Over the course of this book, Bruno looks at well known infamous characters like Al Capone, Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, and Bugsy Siegel; infamous events in the city’s history like the Draft Riots of 1863 and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factor Fire; and a plethora of lesser known but equally fascinating lowlifes, including the various street gangs that made life miserable for city residents over the years. Bruno’s research is painstakingly detailed, especially considering that some of the people and events he discusses predate the Civil War. He also has a knack for providing bizarre, memorable, and often gruesome details throughout the book, such as the bottle that Gallus Mag, an Amazonian female bouncer, kept above the bar where she worked that contained ears that she had literally bitten off of the heads of unruly customers.

“Gangsters” is organized into a series of short chapters, usually two to four pages in length, each devoted to a particular person, group, or incident, and arranged in alphabetical order by subject. Since Bruno is far better at telling colorful anecdotes than organizing a formal history text, this approach, even though it skips around a great deal, is actually fairly effective. In many cases, Bruno probably had little historical information available, so a short chapter provided ample space to tell the story. In addition, “Gangsters” contains lots of Bruno’s typical colorful slang (such as trying to “shoot someone into Swiss cheese”), including some Damon Runyanesque dialogue attributed to various characters. This colorful language is not nearly as distracting in a short chapter that reads like Bruno telling a story than it would be in a longer, more formal text on the same subject.

Still, “Gangsters” could have used a bit more extensive editing. There are a couple of factual errors (Bruno repeatedly refers to gangster “Mad Dog” Coll as Cole), but the book’s most serious flaw is its repetitiveness. Obviously, the lives of many major gang figures intersected over the years, so some repetition is unavoidable in a book like this. However, on several occasions, Bruno tells the same story multiple times, to increasingly lesser effect. On such story involves a bizarre encounter in which the aforementioned Mad Dog Coll was on his way to assassinate Lucky Luciano when Luciano’s own hired hit men told Coll that they had just killed Salvatore Maranzano, the man who hired Coll (allowing Coll to pocket the down payment he had collected for the Luciano hit that would never occur). Bruno tells this story in almost the exact same way three different times in the book, in chapters on Coll, Luciano, and Maranzano.

Despite the repetition, there’s a lot of fresh, often fascinating material in every chapter. Bruno’s style may take some getting used to, but there’s no question he knows his mobsters and loves sharing this information with readers. What is most striking about this book is that Bruno only scratches the surface in his discussion of organized (and often unorganized) crime in New York. To date, Bruno has written six volumes in his informal history series, and I have the feeling that he’s got even more stories to tell. Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters” should be an offer that those interested in true crime stories can’t refuse.”

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Another 5-star review for Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 4.”

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Another 5-star review for Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 4.”

5.0 out of 5 stars
Joe Bruno, June 24, 2014
By Veronica D. Esparza

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This review is from: Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 4 (Kindle Edition)

“Great writer and books keep me interested. I look forward to all his books that are non-fiction. Thanks a bunch!”

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Joe Bruno has 8 of the top 12 books on Amazon/Canada in the category ” Hot New Releases in Organized Crime.”

Posted in criminals, crooks, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Joe Bruno has 8 of the top 12 books on Amazon/Canada in the category “
Hot New Releases in Organized Crime.”

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Joe Bruno’s “Mob Rats – Two Volume Set” is on sale today for only $2.99!

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Joe Bruno’s “Mob Rats – Two Volume Set” is on sale today for only $2.99!

“Mob Rats – Two Volume Set” contains two of Joe Bruno’s highly rated “Mob Rat” themed books:

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Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City” is FREE today at Amazon.com.

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, New York City, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City” is FREE today at Amazon.com. 

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*****

“Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps-Volume 1 – New York City” was the runner up in the eFestival of Words 2013 Book of the Year in the category “Nonfiction.”

*****

What people are saying about “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps – Volume 1.”

EXCELLENT BOOK ON ORGANIZED CRIME!
– Mathew J. Mari – New York City Criminal Attorney – Joe Bruno has hit the mark in presenting Old New York the way it really was. Rough and bloody! -

GREAT BOOK FOR A TRUE CRIME FIX!
– RJ Parker – “Bestselling Author” – Author of 7 True Crime Books – Top 500 Reviewer

MOBSTERS, GANGS, CROOKS, AND OTHER CREEPS by Joe Bruno is packed with crimes and criminal stories that took place in NYC. This author captured some of the bigger names in criminal history. The book is well-written, and it’s worth a lot more than 99 cents. If you’re a true crime reader, you will enjoy the stories of mobsters, gangs, outlaws, creeps, crimes and criminals. A brilliant book to add to my collection.

GREAT READ!
– Desmond Gill – If you’re a mobster fan, this is the book for you. There are dozens of short bios on mobsters, gangs, riots and natural disasters, some of which I never heard of before.

Especially interesting are the articles that took place in the 1800’s, like the Civil War Riots of 1863, and the Astor Place Theater Riots of 1849. At 99 cents, this book is a better value than most at ten times the price.

BEST 99 CENT INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE!!!
– J. Sebastian – I loved all three volumes. The author writes in a way that brings all of these nonfiction characters to life. I especially loved learning about these old time New York born and bred criminals, especially the small timers I had never heard of.

Thank you for writing such colorful books and pricing them so reasonably!

AWESOME!!
Lexmike – The stories were very well written. There was more information given than I knew before I bought the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the Mafia.
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Another great review for “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Five Volume Set.”

Posted in criminals, crooks, Gangs, gangsters, mobs, Mobsters, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

Another great review for “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Five Volume Set.”

Complete History!!

By paul sellers

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Although I am certain that not every mobster, gang and crook was covered the author sure didn’t miss many. Even though some overlapped from book to book it remained interesting. I especially liked the history of the New York police departments around 1865. It closely followed the story line on the BBC TV series Copper. Highly recommend this book.

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“Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set” is ranked #1 on Amazon.com in the category “Hot New Releases in Organized Crime True Accounts”

Posted in Cosa Nostra, criminals, crooked cops, crooks, disasters, Drug dealers, Drugs, famous trials, FBI, FBI, Gangs, gangsters, Italian Americans, labor unions, mafia, mobs, Mobsters, murder, New York City, New York City disasters, New York City fires, New York City murder, organized crime, police, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2014 by Joe Bruno's Blogs

“Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set” is ranked #1 on Amazon.com in the category “Hot New Releases in Organized Crime True Accounts.”

*****

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Joe Bruno’s “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps” finished in second place (runner up) in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Ebook Awards in the category “Nonfiction.”
*****

Bargain – everyone loves a bargain, and “Joe Bruno’s Mobsters – Six Volume Set” is a bargain that’s hard to beat.

This boxed set, consisting of six books by mob writer Joe Bruno, starts with “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – New York City.” All three books were once ranked No. 1 in the Amazon book category “Gangs,” and all three are consistently ranked in the top 100 in Amazon’s “Organized Crime.”

According to New York City criminal attorney Mathew J. Mari, “Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks, and Other Creeps” is “a composite of characters and events that entwines the denizens of New York City’s underworld with the rich history of New York City from the early 1800’s through the early 1900’s.”

“The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why” describes the events surrounding the sensational 1912 murder of stool-pigeon/gambler Herman Rosenthal, including the two trials and subsequent execution of New York City Police Lieut. Charles Becker. Becker was undoubtedly a corrupt cop of the highest order, but Becker did not order Rosenthal’s murder, and it was, in fact, to Becker’s advantage to keep Rosenthal very much alive.

“Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple – From the Black Hand to Murder Incorporated” details the progression of New York City murder machines from 1900-1940. It starts with the Italian Black Hand, and cruises through the Boys from Brooklyn, which later became part of the most deadly American alliance ever: Murder Incorporated.

Finally, to cap off this six-book boxed set there’s “Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!” – a clever critique of the VH1 TV program Mob Wives. As L.L. McKenna said in her Amazon book review – The Real of Reality TV, “What a pleasure ‘Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!’ is to read! Mr. Bruno not only provides insight to the ‘reality show’ but includes his blogs and responses. While scripted or not, the only truth is the paycheck that the “characters” cash while exposing themselves to the viewers.”

In summation: you get six Joe Bruno books (674 pages) for less than the price of a Starbuck’s cup of Joe.

Who says people can’t find a bargain these days?
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